Category Archives: Alumni Features

The Little Falls High School Alumni Network’s Where are They Now series was initiated in January of 2015. This feature highlights individuals who have enhanced their lives and/or the lives of others using the foundation of the education they received at LFHS or St. Mary’s and the family values they developed while growing up in Little Falls. Success isn’t always defined by financial achievements. Many people find personal satisfaction by giving back to their communities, organizations or to others in general. Those on the receiving end of these heartfelt contributions may consider this person in the highest regard as well. With this being said, we are looking for individual nominations of Little Falls alumni who have made a difference in the lives of others as well their own. Before submitting your nominations (to, please confirm your nominee is currently registered on the Little Falls Alumni Website as this is also a requirement.
Thank you, and we look forward to reacquainting with our fellow classmates.

Alumni Feature – Rose Marie Battisti, Class of 1972

Rose Marie Battisti is in the spotlight for the current feature of Where Are We Now.  She is a 1972 graduate of Little Falls High School and has traveled extensively worldwide over the last 40 years for a very unique purpose.  We hope you enjoy reading about Rose Marie’s journey: Growing up in Little Falls was a wonderful experience!  The best part was my great grandparents, grandparents, Read More →

Alumni Feature – Kris Balderston, Class of 1973

Kris Balderston is a 1973 graduate of Little Falls High School, currently head of the Fleishman Hillard Washington office, whose journey to this position is quite remarkable.  To quote Kris (who in turn quotes Lou Gehrig), “I often feel like the ‘luckiest guy on the face of the earth!’”  Shortly after his college graduation while working at the National Governors’ Association, he met Michael Dukakis.  Read More →

Alumni Feature – Bob Casullo, Class of 1969

It is February in the Northeast and Bob Casullo is spending the winter in his home in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Pat.  This doesn’t mean he has deserted his home, family and friends in the Mohawk Valley…it simply means he is a smart man who has followed his dreams all of his life!  Since the days are warm and there is no snow to shovel, Bob graciously agreed to be interviewed for our next Alumni Feature.

The first question of our interview always asks what it was like growing up in Little Falls back in the day.  We should precede Bob’s response by letting you know that since his retirement, he has done a lot of motivational speaking to various groups and organizations throughout the country.  With that said, Bob’s description of growing up in Little Falls is as follows:

“I guess the best way to describe this is the way I end all my speeches on Motivation and Leadership:  ‘Never Look Back, But Always Remember Where You Came From!’  My growing years (1951-1969) in Little Falls are cherished memories.  My many classmates, neighbors and friends are still a part of my life today no matter where we meet.  Our small town was a beautiful place where we all hung together.  Although the town had definite ethnic “territories”, we were oblivious to that outside of own respective families.  Eastern Park, the ball diamond, Monroe Street fields, the swimming pool, the canal, the south side, and most important all, the many country roads that were frequented for various “activities”.  These places all contributed to our growing up!  There were no keys to homes, all our doors were unlocked.  LFHS and St. Mary’s were separated by a crosswalk and a stop light.  Although our town was small, the two high schools thrived academically.”

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Alumni Feature – Dr. Don Staffo, Class of 1964

Alumni Feature – Dr. Don Staffo, Class of 1964

Dr. Donald Staffo, Class of 1964

Dr. Donald Staffo, Class of 1964, graciously agreed to be the first LFHS alumni to participate in the newly established Where Are We Now column for the Little Falls High School Alumni Website.  Dr. Staffo is one of hundreds of successful LFHS alumni who have done their part to make a difference in the lives of others.  Here is his story.

Don grew up on what is commonly referred to as the South Side – south of the railroad tracks and the river.  He fondly recalls growing up in this unique part of the city.  “The South Side was like a little community within the city itself,” he said. “Families were predominately Italian and were very close knit with everyone knowing each other. To those of us who grew up there it was special.  There were about 10 or 15 guys around my age and throughout the year we played sports – baseball, football, basketball, stoop ball, wiffle ball and numerous other activities, and in the summer seemingly all day long.  If our parents wanted us, they knew to check out either Columbus Park or the Jefferson St. Elementary School playground.  It was a great childhood and to this day my friends and I fondly reminisce about those great times.”

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